Reigning ABSA Premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, have extended the contract of head coach, Pitso Mosimane, by four years. This comes after contractual negotiations between club President Patrice Motsepe and Mosimane that lasted almost a year.
Mosimane, who joined ‘The Brazilians’ in the middle of the 2012/13 season, is one of the most decorated coaches in South Africa. The deal will also make him the longest-serving coach at the Club.
Motsepe has declined to divulge the details of the agreement but says he appreciates Mosimane’s ethics.
Mosimane says the love from the yellow nation and the support from the president humbles him.
“I’m honoured and humbled to be given another opportunity to lead Mamelodi Sundowns. One of the main reasons for me to renew my contract with Mamelodi Sundowns is the President’s trust and faith in me. He trusted me to lead this team to where it is and fulfill his wish to build a team to conquer Africa. It’s humbling to be part of a brand like Sundowns and contribute to its success, especially as a local coach and also having played for the team.”
Mosimane has set his eyes on the one domestic trophy that he has not won – the MTN8.
“I want to achieve success in the MTN 8, which remains the only trophy I have not won with Sundowns. Throw it in there with the Champions League where we’ve experienced fixture clashes with the MTN 8 in the past. If you recall, we’ve previously never had a pre-season ahead of the MTN 8. We are always a week behind. It will be very interesting to look at this differently, especially with the CAF and PSL schedules now aligned.”
Mosimane says he looks abroad when drawing inspiration from a career spanning almost 35 years.
“When you look at Pep, Klopp and other successful coaches worldwide, they have won it all and have done it for years, yet they keep going. I need to learn from them and stay motivated. I look up to Pep, Fergie, Wenger, Ancelotti. They have had massive success and I look up to these people.”
A message from Coach Pitso Mosimane.
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The team was in the limelight in early May when The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee (DC) handed them and their player Gastón Sirino a sanction after finding them guilty on several charges.
Sundowns were found guilty of bringing the league into disrepute while Gastón Sirino was found guilty of assaulting two SuperSport United players, Dean Furman and Clayton Daniels.
The team was ordered to pay R200 000, R150 000 suspended for 24 months while Sirino was handed a two-match suspension and ordered to pay R75 000, R25 000 suspended for 24 months.
The suspensions were granted on the condition that both team and player don’t commit similar offences during the period of suspension.